On Thursday 8th October, Drinks International announced its highly anticipated World’s 50 Best Bars Awards 2015. The bars are chosen by an Academy of over 400 members; the strongest, most diverse collection of industry experts ever assembled to express their view on the best bars in the world.
The list represents the ultimate guide to the top bars and drinking destinations around the globe, with restaurant bars, speakeasies, hotel bars, and tiki themed venues all contributing to the diverse and eclectic list. This year’s ranking includes bars from 27 cities in 19 countries, with 14 new entries.
- Artesian in London voted the World’s Number One Bar for the fourth year running and claims the Ketel One Best Bar In Europe & the World Awards
- Europe tops regional charts with 23 bars included, London claims best city with 9 bars, and US wins best country with 14.
- Barcelona’s Dry Martini and Hamburg’s Le Lion Bar de Paris are included in the list for a record- equalling seventh time
- Bars in European cities: Moscow, Nicosia, Paris, Copenhagen, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Amsterdam and Athens, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich
Overall, Europe continues as the international epicentre for fine drinking, leading the regions’ ranking with 23 of its bars included within the list. Once again, London boasted more bars in the top 50 than any other city with nine bars listed overall. Nightjar, Happiness Forgets, The American Bar at The Savoy, and The Connaught Bar join Artesian in the top ten, with a further four bars, all in the top half of the list.
Elsewhere across Europe, Paris’s Candelaria jumped five places to become the highest ranked European Bar outside London and the Best Bar in France at number 12. Little Red Door returns to the list to bring France’s total to two bars.
Germany boasts three bars in the list, with Buck and Breck in Berlin, Schumann’s in Munich, and Le Lion Bar de Paris in Hamburg, which joins Spain’s only inclusion, Dry Martini by Javier de las Muelas in Barcelona, to claim the joint honour of being featured every year since the awards began.
Rome reclaims the position as Italy’s top destination for cocktails, with The Jerry Thomas Project jumping seven places to overtake Milan’s Nottingham Forest. Amsterdam’s two featured bars also swapped places: Tales & Spirits climbing fourteen spots ahead of Door 74.
Athens is represented for just the second time with new entry The Clumsies crashing in at number 22, followed by sole entries from Moscow’s Delicatessen, Copenhagen’s Ruby, and Nicosia’s new entry Lost & Found.
London prevailed once again to retain the Number One spot with Artesian taking the title of The World’s Best Bar for the fourth consecutive year. Located within The Langham Hotel, Artesian is headed up by Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale, who recently launched their new show-stopping ‘Surrealism’ menu for 2015.
About 50 Best Bars:
The final list is compiled by votes from an academy of over 400 of the most renowned names in the drinks industry including Tony Conigliaro, David Wondrich, Hidetsugu Ueno, Bek Narzi, Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Gaz Regan, Jim Meehan, Erik Lorincz, Jörg Meyer, Sean Muldoon, David Rios, Anastasia Miller and Jared Brown. Votes were cast for 542 bars around the world and whittled down to the top 50 to determine the final rankings.